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Islanders goalie Biron wins consecutive starts

Despite being the subject of an incessant stream of trade talk, Martin Biron won consecutive starts for the first time in more than a year with yesterday's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay.

Biron, who was the odd goaltender out once Rick DiPietro returned to action in January, turned away 38 shots for his fourth win of the season and second start since Dec. 27.

"I'm fortunate that I got another game to show what I can do," said Biron, whom the Islanders have been trying to trade for more than a month. "Three goalies is not an easy situation for anybody. We all know it's not going to be this situation for the rest of the year. It's not good for the long term to have a situation like that, but we've got to do what's best for the team."

DiPietro sick

DiPietro missed the game with the flu and is expected to be unavailable for today's game against Ottawa.

DiPietro, 2-5 in eight games played this season, also did not practice Friday because of the illness.

Josh Bailey (upper-body injury) skated on his own and is expected to be fully healthy to play after the Olympic break.

Defenseman Jack Hillen (facial injury) is expected to begin practicing with the team Feb. 24.

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